光華市場 Guanghua Market
One of the goals of this trip to Taiwan was to buy things I could not easily buy in Korea, or to save a lot of money buying things that I could. Korea has high import taxes, but none of that applies if I bring something from the outside for my own use.
Amongst the things I was looking for – a new graphics tablet (since I gave my old one away in summer 2006) and noise cancelling headphones.
Korea has a cheap electronics market area – Yongsan. It is supposed to be a good place to find deals, but I usually do better if I simply order online. In Japan, Osaka’s Den Den Town would usually match online prices, but not beat them. In short, I did not expect to get a particularly great deal.
What I did not expect, I got. I ended up getting a Wacom A5 wide tablet (6×11") for 10,200NT (314.57USD at today’s exchange rate). When I bought the tablet, I did not think it was that great of a price, even when the man at the store showed me he was only making 200NT profit on the tablet selling it to me at that price. When I got back, I did a search of the Pricegrabber site for the USA. The lowest price? 359.99USD. The cheapest prices I could find in Korea for the same tablet are even higher. Granted, my tablet did not come with the Wacom mouse, but I have a much better mouse already. Also, having owned the Intuos2 tablet in the past, I can say I did not like the feel of the mouse on the tablet.
I also bought a pair of JVC noise cancelling headphones. Compared to the Sony headphones I used to have, these have much better fidelity and do not have an annoying hissing sound while noise cancellation is turned on. Time will tell if the cord is better quality – the cord falling apart is why I am not still using the Sony noise cancelling headphones I got 4 years ago.